Following on from the Queens, we are now completing our court card explorations with the Kings in the Tarot.
Both the Queens and Kings are the masters and authorities of the court card families, but they specialise in different areas.
Whereas the Queens focus on yin aspects including feelings, care-giving, slowness and receptivity, the Kings embody yang aspects such as being pro-active, providing, dominant and restless.
Kings are linked to the element Fire, and as such they display Wands qualities in varying degrees according to their suits.
Kings tend to represent men, but they can also represent women, who display masculine traits or need to develop some of them for personal growth.
Just like the Queens, the Kings in a reading can also represent another person or an energy surrounding the querent, something they need to pay attention to.
King of Wands
Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Flame and Lightning. The King of the Spirits of Fire.
Astrological attribution: Leo
Elemental association: Fire of Fire
Characteristics and personality traits: dynamic, energetic, ambitious, decisive, powerful, confident, generous, honourable, risk-taking
Negative traits include domineering, forceful, arrogant, self-importance, hot-tempered, power-hungry, aggressive, crushing
King of Cups
Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Waves and the Waters. The King of the Hosts of the Sea.
Astrological attribution: Scorpio
Elemental association: Fire of Water
Characteristics and personality traits: compassionate, keeps feelings under control, emotional intelligence and balance, caring, kindness
Negative traits include moodiness, self-pity, weak, wimpish, hen-pecked, sentimental, hypersensitive, passive-aggressive
King of Swords
Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Wind and the Breezes. The Lord of the Spirits of Air.
Astrological attribution: Aquarius
Elemental association: Fire of Air
Characteristics and personality traits: logical, intelligent, problem-solving, eloquent, fair, detached, calculating, firm, sharp-witted
Negative traits include ruthless, dismissive, goal-orientated, cutting, merciless, cold-hearted, cruel
King of Pentacles
Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Wild and Fertile Land. The King of the Spirits of Earth.
Astrological attribution: Taurus
Elemental association: Fire of Earth
Characteristics and personality traits: responsible, industrious, productive, dependable, paternal, efficient, steady, sensible, prosperous
Negative traits include conventional, stubborn, dull, over-cautious, stuck in a rut, inflexible, unadventurous, lack of imagination
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